26 May 2016

A Thought In Time

Just reworked and rearranged my mug collection! Had the shelf sitting, decided it would look better to hang it, which it does. I don't know how I have managed to accumulate so many mugs but I have. I have been unpacking boxes from the garage and listing a lot of new things in my Etsy shop, so be sure to check things out there. I just love mugs! It is fun every morning picking out the mug I want to use for the day. I know, I'm strange that way.

Finally made it to the store to get the latest Bella Grace. One of my favorite magazines of all time.
Nothing like a cup of great coffee to sip on while reading Bella Grace. It just makes for the best kind of day.

Photo by spbm
photo by spbm

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And an iced latte in the afternoon is just the best.

photo spbm

“History is not just the evolution of technology; it is the evolution of thought.” 
― James RedfieldThe Celestine Prophecy

09 May 2016

Anthropologie Display Photos and Florence Scovel Shinn Quote

I have had so much going on...now just trying to ready the house and the yard for summer. Since I store all my Etsy items in my house, I get overwhelmed at times. I then put things away so I can feel like I am still living in a house and not a warehouse, and spend hours searching for a picture or item I have stored away. I wish I had a room where I could store all Etsy items and keep them organized for a less stressful event when I sell something. lol

My kids are coming home in June, can hardly wait to see them. Haven't seen any of them for a year, that's far too long. Would love for the Universe to work out the details that I could live in the same town as at least one of them. They are both in different states, and once the grandkids grow up and leave, I'm sure they will be in other states. Sometimes I long for the old days when my kids were little and living at home.

On another note, was down at the Plaza last week. I had fallen while running and smashed the screen on my phone, cost me $140 to get the screen replaced. I was quite upset, I have insurance through AT&T, but evidently you have to own your phone for a year before the insurance works. Needless to say, I have cancelled my insurance for my phone.

But while downtown I had to go into one of my favorite stores, Anthropologie. The displays are always a work of art. Here are some photos of the recent displays at the KC Anthropologie.


All photos by SPBM

I'm in love with the decoupage bench.

07 January 2016

As Above So Below

I heard a guy on the radio a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed listening to what he had to say. I knew I wanted to get his book, but had not looked online for it. Went to the thrift store about three days after hearing him and low and behold, the book was on the shelf and almost reached out and grabbed me when I walked by.

I was at the hospital most of the day and took it with me to have something for distraction. There are no words to express how much I LOVE this book.Wow! I just love it when the Universe hears me and delivers. I plan on going to bed a little earlier tonight and spend some more time discovering the priceless gems this book has to offer.

As Above So Below 
An exploration of spirituality discusses finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, the Western spiritual tradition, transpersonal psychology, shamanism, mythology, feminine spirituality, and more

If you ever run across this book, I recommend you buying it. It's fabulous!

Part of Truman's new addition. Hung out here much of the day. :(

05 October 2015

Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Chili

I made Chicken, Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Chili on Sunday. It turned out delicious.

Here's a list of ingredients, but I did my own thing.

I chopped a medium onion, a couple of minced garlic cloves. I chopped two sweet potatoes, 1 can of black bean, any kind of bean would work. 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 box of chicken broth, 1 tbls. of chicken bouillon, 2 cups water, 1 cup of washed, organic quinoa, 2 uncooked chicken breast, 1 tbls. dried parsley, a splash of worcestershire sauce, and 1 packet of chili seasoning. I put all this in a soup pot, covered and cooked on medium until thicken and everything was cooked. I took the chicken out, shredded it, added back to chili, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.

Topped with our favorite toppings, chopped avocado, chopped green onion, chopped cilantro, fresh lime, and shredded cheese. Toasted corn chips with garlic salt.

02 October 2015

Pork Chili Verde

It's hard to believe that summer is gone. It makes me a bit sad, but really loving the fall weather we're having. I totally enjoyed the Super Blood Moon. I don't have the camera equipment to get good photos, but I sure tried. The super moon. Totally magical.

Photo by SPBM

I made a Pork Chili Verde tonight and it was AMAZING!!! 
It will be a staple this fall and winter.
You can find the recipe here at Heather Christo.

photo by spbm

Let me tell you, MAKE THIS!!!
You will be happy you did.

25 September 2015

Friday Night Soup

It's been a busy week trying to track down medications for David. For some strange reason, medicare has decided they want to discuss with his doctor why he is being prescribed Digoxin, a heart medication. He has been without it all week. Trying to get hold of one of his doctors has been a nightmare. You cannot just call Truman and get a message to his doctor, impossible. So we called his heart doctor, they called in the wrong prescription to the pharmacy. So, here we are on Friday night, weekend ahead, no way to talk to the doctor's offices or anyone related about this. We have several hours and I do mean several, like about 6 hours just today, trying to straighten this mess out. We've called Claire McCaskill's office, talked to someone one time, now the calls just go straight to voice mail??? If he starts having any chest pains at all we'll have to go to ER. So ridiculous!!! I don't think people who have never dealt with these sorts of problems have any idea how much time it takes and how much mental and physical energy it takes to deal with it. One phone call can literally take 2 hours by the time you sit on hold and get passed around from one person to another. 

On another note, Ada got her fox quilt today and loved it. 

Photo: EDF

For dinner tonight I made a white bean, kale and vegetable soup. Turned out delicious,
packed with flavor.

 Photos: SPBM

Happy Weekend to all!

22 September 2015

Fancy Fox Quilt For Ada

It's been a busy week so far. As of 3:00 pm today I finished Ada's Fancy Fox Quilt. It is absolutely beautiful!!! I couldn't be happier with it. I have washed and dried it, and it is all soft, clean, and sweet smelling to be mailed to her tomorrow. Her brother has a blue one and even though I had made her another quilt, she wanted a fox quilt. She now has one. 

Photos: SPBM 
This is the back of the quilt.
I love the back of it, pretty enough to be used as the quilt.
Photo: SPBM
So happy to have it done.

And, I made her some napkins for her lunch box. She wanted some Hello Kitty, and I made her a couple of Halloween and Christmas napkins for the holidays. I need to get some Thanksgiving fabric, so she can have some for Thanksgiving.
Should make lunch time more fun.

And for some eating...it's tomato soup.

Last week I made some awesome tomato and basil soup. 
My own recipe, so all I can do is give you a list of ingredients. 
It was the best tomato soup ever. 
I used 1 box of tomatoes
1 red pepper
2 regular cans of stewed tomatoes
1 box chicken stock or broth
2 yellow onions
A couple tablespoons olive oil
6 garlic cloves
1 tbls. parsley
kosher salt to taste
ground pepper to taste
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teas. dried thyme (maybe a little more)
1/2 teas. crushed red pepper flakes
About 3-4 cups fresh basil.

I drained the canned tomatoes, saving the juice in a bowl. I cut the fresh tomatoes in half - they were not very large -added them to a olive oil coated cookie sheet and added the drained stewed tomatoes, and sliced red pepper. Drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with kosher salt and ground pepper.Baked in a 400 degree oven until they look a bit caramelized. 
I added approximately 2 tbls. olive oil to a pan and cooked the chopped onion until tender, added crushed garlic cloves and stirred around a minute or two. 
Added juice from canned tomatoes and chicken broth to pot with onions and garlic, added spices, crushed red pepper, thyme, and cumin, and chopped fresh basil.
Added the roasted tomatoes and pepper, cooked uncovered until it thicken and reduced just a little. I used my hand blender and pureed just a little, leaving chunks and texture to the soup. 
Topped with colby jack cheese and chopped basil. 
Made some cheese quesadillas to go with the soup.
Let me tell you, it was perfect!!!
A great fall dinner.

You can easily add or subtract to suit your taste. I use a lot of herbs and spices, and you may not like so much. We loved it. 

18 September 2015